Life can take us on strange journeys.
Especially when we aren't planning to take one.
Elwood Hamilton is leaving The Mirror next week -- a young man going west to tackle new and better-paying opportunities. He'll be starting a new job -- one that came looking for him -- in Atlanta later in the month.
I'm thrilled for him. Of course, I'd love for him to stay around. After all, Elwood has truly been a part of The Mirror from the beginning, since we were working from our homes because we were waiting for computers to be delivered.
Truth is, he was The McDuffie Mirror before The McDuffie Mirror came to be, working as a local stringer for The Columbia County News-Times. And when the idea of creating a better community newspaper in McDuffie County was presented to him, he jumped at the opportunity.
I've watched him grow both as a writer and a person. I know he'll be successful in Atlanta and thrive in the world the city presents. But I also know he understands he's got a home if he ever wants to come back.
Yes, Elwood's leaving The Mirror, but he'll always be part of the family here. And that's the way it should be.
Meanwhile, I'm on a journey of my own as you read this. (I hope.)
I'm planning on sitting on the beach (or in a golf cart) at Jekyll Island for the rest of the week, taking a short respite from the painting, cleaning, installing and various other miscellaneous --ings here at home.
Those jobs -- the "melon" list as Uncle Al McGaw calls them -- will continue to fall on the "honey" that usually creates the "honey-do" list.
I have no problem admitting I have been continually outworked and out-decorated by my wife. She has spent hours a day painting doors, trimming bushes, hanging wallpaper and other odd jobs, while I've conveniently slipped away to the office. I come home every day to something different -- a new color here, a clean closet there, organized Tupperware under there.
To be honest, she's got me worried about coming home. I keep hearing mumblings about things she can get done while I'm out of the way. She's mentioned everything from new lighting to new tiles on the front porch to doing some painting in the living room. I just hope I can recognize the place when I get back.
In the meantime, don't forget to come by and grab an angel off our tree at The Mirror.
School starts in less than a month and we want to make sure our students are prepared. If you don't want to pick up an angel, just bring some school supplies by our office in Magnolia Center.
We'll take it from there. And the school year for some Boys and Girls Club kids will start a little brighter.